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Great Dane Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Great Dane so you can get to know the breed more.

OriginGermany
Group Working Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Great Dane have? The dog breed also known as...
Dane, Gentle Giant, Deutsche Dogge, German Mastiff, Apollo of Dogs
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Great Dane recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Working breed.
FCI Group
Is Great Dane recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Molossian type section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Great Dane breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubCanadian Canine Registry
Price
How much does the Great Dane puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Great Dane price:
$800-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Great Dane, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Great Dane for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Great Dane gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Great Dane size:
Giant
Weight
How much does the Great Dane weigh? Great Dane weight:
Male: 120-200 pounds (54-90 kg), Female: 100-130 pounds (45-59 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Great Dane? Great Dane average weight:
Male: 160 pounds (72 kg), Female: 115 pounds (52 kg)
Height
How tall is the Great Dane? Great Dane height:
Male: 30-34 inches (76-86 cm), Female: 28-32 inches (71-81 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Great Dane average height:
Male: 32 inches (81 cm), Female: 30 inches (76 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Great Dane have? What does this canine coat look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Great Dane's coat?
Blue FawnWhiteBrindleMerleBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Great Dane and how often?
Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Great Dane is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Great Dane dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dane? Great Dane shedding level:
Great Danes shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Great Dane have? What characteristics does the breed have?
FriendlyDevotedGentleReservedConfidentIntelligentLoving
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Great Dane? Are they intelligent?
Average: Great Dane's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Great Dane dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Great Danes are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Great Danes are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Great Dane sensitivity:
Great Danes don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Great Danes are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dane need? Great Dane social needs:
Great Danes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Great Dane dogs bark a lot? Why does my Gentle Giant bark?
Low to Average: The Great Dane rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Great Dane good as a watchdog?
Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Great Dane dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Great Dane dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Great Danes are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Great Dane can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Great Dane will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Great Dane bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dane? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Great Dane? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Great Dane has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Great Dane do?
Great Danes have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Great Danes need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Great Dane to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does Great Dane roam?
Great Danes have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Great Dane have high prey drive?
Great Danes have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Great Dane good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Great Danes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Great Danes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Great Dane dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Yes
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Great Danes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Great Dane dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Great Dane and children:
Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Great Dane dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Great Danes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Great Dane good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Great Dane dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Great Danes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Great Danes good office dogs? Do Great Danes make good office friendly dogs? Can Great Danes be ofiice dogs?
No
Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Great Dane dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dane temperament with senior people? Are Great Dane dogs good for elderly owners?
Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Great Dane dogs get along with other pets? Are Great Dane dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Great Danes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Great Dane breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Great Dane be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Great Dane is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Great Dane be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Great Dane breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Great Dane be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Great Dane is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Great Dane be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Great Dane is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Great Dane be a boat dog?
Not really
Great Dane breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Great Dane be a drafting dog?
Yes
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Great Dane breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Great Dane dogs have health problems?
Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Great Dane breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Great Dane breed? Health risks of Great Dane:
BloatCancerDilated CardiomyopathyHip DysplasiaMitral Valve DiseasePatent Ductus ArteriosisPersistent Right Aortic ArchSubvalvular Aortic StenosisTricuspid Valve Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Great Dane dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Great Dane be?
7-10 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Great Dane breed hypoallergenic?
No
Great Danes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Great Dane have?
Great Danes are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Great Dane dogs require per day?
Great Danes exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Great Danes don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Great Dane need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Great Dane risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Great Dane has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Great Dane's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Great Dane has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Great Dane drool?
The Great Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Great Dane. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have Great Dane puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Great Dane: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Great Dane have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Great Dane have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
10-15 puppies

Pros & Cons of Great Dane

Pros
  • Health Issues: Great Danes are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Apartment Friendly: Great Danes are very apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Great Dane requires minimal grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Watchdog Ability: Great Danes are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Great Danes have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Great Danes are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Great Danes are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
  • Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Great Danes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Drooling tendency: The Great Dane drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Great Danes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Great Dane is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Great Danes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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